Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Cook finds way to sink White Sox
Although Aaron Cook did not get the win, he had another excellent start and continues to make history in the manner he's done it.
Cook allowed one unearned run on five hits over seven innings and has a 1.67 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list on June 24.
He did not record a strikeout or allow a walk, the second time he's done that this season, becoming the first Sox pitcher to register multiple starts of five-plus innings with no walks or strikeouts in the same season since Bob Stanley did it twice in 1979. He is the first pitcher to do it twice in a single season at Fenway since Ted Wingfield in 1925.
Cook also is the third Red Sox pitcher since 1918 (fifth time) to strike out two or fewer while walking one or fewer in five consecutive starts, joining Bill Lee (six in 1975 and 1977) and Jack Russell (five twice in 1929).
“Me and Beckett were kind of joking,” Cook said. “He’s got a streak of 200-something games consecutive with a strikeout. I’m going to work on going the other direction, see if I can get 200 without one.”
Cook's sinker was working Monday as 15 of the 21 outs he recorded came on grounders.
“That’s what he does. When you have that sinker, you pitch to contact,” Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “He’s not going to walk anyone. Very few guys are going to get on with a free pass. He’s going to pound that zone with a pitch that moves down to try to get them to hit the top of the ball."